The Take: Are the captives a priority in Israel’s war on Gaza?

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A person reacts as residents of Tel Aviv show support and solidarity with the families of hostages held in Gaza amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel, October 21, 2023 [File: Ammar Awad/Reuters]

There are two objectives in phase two of Israel’s war on Gaza, according to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: the destruction of the military and governmental capabilities of Hamas, as well as the release of the captives, some of which were seen in a Hamas video on Monday. But how will the hostages affect Israel’s calculus, and how much of a priority are they?

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